Ultralight hikers are always looking for the lightest back packs. Unfortunately, lighter usually means more costly in relation to backpacking gear. There are several ways with this, though, for anyone on the tighter budget. You’ll findways to buy a lightweight backpacker less costly, and also methods to make them. The latter is easier than you might think.
Making A Affordable Lightweight Backpack
There are some, like ultralight backpacking guru Ray Jardine, who sew their own backpacks. I have sewn some backpacking gear and clothing before,and I can tell you from experience that until you are incredibly skilled at sewing, it isn’t more likely to come how you expect it to. Also unless youwant to become a professional at sewing, making a backpackin this way takes to much time for the investment saved. It becomes better to just work an additional shift at the job and buy a greatpack.
Don’t give up on making a lightweight backpack yet, though. There is one other way. I created a backpack that weighs just 2 pounds even, and it is a complete frame-and-hipbelt pack. It began having an old frame pack I have had since i have was fourteen-years-old. I removed the old pack, which had been chewed by mice and was beyond repair. Now I was ready to build my new backpack
The straps and hip belt were still good, fortunately. The frame was aluminum, and surprisingly light by it self. I took a big nylon duffel bag, which by itself only weighs eight ounces, and filled it full of my gear. However simply used bungee cords to attach it too the frame (zipper out) also it was ready. For that price of a $15 duffel bag, I had an external-frame backpack that not only held a lot, but weighed just two pounds.
Buying A Cheap Lightweight Backpack
There are several methods to buy cheap lightweight backpacks. Awaitinga goodsale comes up, but You’ll find quicker ways.Listed below are fiveof these.
1. Try backpacking or other outdoor forums that allow people to sell their gear, like whiteblaze.net. Forumsare nice, when you can certainly ask the owner questions about the pack.
2. Try Ebay or other online auction marketplace sites. I have seen some nice backpacks go relatively inexpensivelyon Ebay.
3. Thrift stores sometimes have cheap lightweight backpacks. More regularly, they’ve got day packs and big old packs, but think creatively. I’ve seenold frame packs at thrift shops, and realized that I really couldtoss the pack, and use the frame with a duffel bag, as described above.
4. Buy used backpacks at rummage sales. Look for ads that mention outdoor gear. Should you call first, to see should they havea backpack you want, you might beable to buy it before the sale starts. Shop early, and negotiate. I sold my almost-new Kelty frame-pack for $ 15 at my garage sale.
5. Fortunately, unlike with other gear, lighter backpacksare sometimes cheaper compared to heavy ones to start with. Lighten the load,and you will save money too. Frame-less ultralight backpacks usually weigh less thantwo pounds and are often on discount sales for under one hundred dollars. My ownGo-Lite lightweight backpack weighs just thirteen ounces, and ithas also been a cheap backpack, on sale for just eighty dollars once i got it.